Man Arrested in IRS Scam
St. Petersburg resident Mycobi Lee , 24, was arrested January 27 by Gulfport police after he was caught on camera at Wells Fargo in Gulfport withdrawing nearly $6,800 in an IRS scam that originated in Denver, Colorado.
According to Gulfport Police Chief Rob Vincent, Lee convinced the victim from Denver to wire money to an account in Gulfport by pitching him an IRS scam.
“We’ve had reports of attempted scams in Gulfport, but this is the first time we’ve ever had the scammer in Gulfport,” Vincent said. “We usually refer the reports to the FBI because the chances of the scammer being here are thin.”
Vincent explained that Denver police found that the account was at a Wells Fargo Bank in Gulfport. After reviewing video from the bank, it was clear to officers that Lee was the man to arrest.
Vincent said it is also “most likely” that more people were involved.
“Currently, he is charged with grand theft,” Vincent said. Possible charges that may come include extortion as well as federal charges.
Chase Ends in Gulfport
Gulfport police arrested a man after he fled his vehicle following a pursuit by St. Petersburg police on Thursday, January 22 around 4:25 p.m.
According to arrest records, St. Petersburg police officers pursued the 2015 red Chevrolet sedan to Gulfport where they laid spike strips to stop the vehicle.
The driver, 24-year-old Cory L. Davis Jr., drove over the strips before crashing his car into a utility pole at the 5400 block of 15th Avenue South.
According to Gulfport Police Chief Rob Vincent, Gulfport officers arrested Davis and charged him with leaving the scene of an accident with more than $10,000 damage.
Davis was turned over to the St. Petersburg police where he will likely face more charges.
Gulfport Police Release Annual Report
The Gulfport Police Department this week released their annual State of the Agency report on all the financial, statistical and personnel information for the Gulfport Police Department.
“There are a lot of things we need to do to meet accreditation standards,” Chief Rob Vincent said. “That’s what started the report.”
The report is released annually and has been for the past 11 years. Chief Vincent states that he releases it to the public to “make sure we are disclosing everything and remaining transparent.”
The 52-page report can be downloaded here.
Burglary (vehicle) – 1/27, 800 block of 58th St. S.
Burglary (vehicle) – 1/27, 5600 block of 11th Ave. S.
Vandalism/criminal mischief – 1/29, 2300 block of 49th St. S.
Battery (sexual) – 1/29, address unavailable
Theft – 1/31, 2400 block of 53rd St. S.
Theft (grand) – 1/31, 5500 block of Shore Blvd. S.
Theft – 1/27, 6600 block of Gulfport Blvd. S.
Battery – 1/30, 6500 block of Fairway View Blvd. S.
ST. PETE BEACH
Burglary (residence) – 1/27, 6800 block of Gulf Winds Drive
Battery – 1/28, 6200 block of Gulf Blvd.
Burglary (residence) – 1/28, 100 block of 13th Ave.
Burglary (vehicle) – 1/28, 1100 block of Pass-A-Grille Way
Burglary (vehicle) – 1/28, 1100 block of Gulf Way
Burglary (vehicle) – 1/28, 100 block of 10th Ave.
Burglary (vehicle) – 1/28, 100 block of Ninth Ave.
Theft (grand) – 5500 block of Gulf Blvd.
Vandalism/criminal mischief – 1/31, 6800 block of Sunset Way